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On the Mesmerizing Quality of Sight, As Shown in a Commercial

September 16, 2016 1 Comment
On the Mesmerizing Quality of Sight, As Shown in a Commercial

Some of us who are older may remember a commercial from the 1970s in which Robert Young (who played the role of Marcus Welby, M.D. on television) said something like, “I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV.” He then went on to advise us to use the product being advertised in the […]

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The Fading of Earthly Glories, As Seen on TV

September 15, 2016 2 Comments
The Fading of Earthly Glories, As Seen on TV

According to the video below, the Dos Equis “Most Interesting Man in the World” is being replaced; there is now a new “Most Interesting Man in the World.” And the Verizon “Can you hear me now” guy has defected to Sprint. What is this world coming to? How can this be? Scripture says, We have […]

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Of Dolphins and Man: The Vast Difference between Animals and Humans

September 14, 2016 2 Comments
Of Dolphins and Man: The Vast Difference between Animals and Humans

Those of you who read my posts regularly know that I have often expressed great fascination with and affection for the pets I have had over the years. I am in awe of the whole of the created order, which proclaims God’s glory. However, there are important distinctions between the human person and the created […]

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The Wisdom and Power of the Cross

September 13, 2016 4 Comments
The Wisdom and Power of the Cross

The readings for Wednesday’s Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross provide rich teachings. Let’s look at five themes, each in turn. I. The Pattern of the Cross – One of the stranger passages in the Old Testamentis the one describing a command Moses received from God to mount a bronze snake on a […]

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The Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux – Fasten Your Seatbelts!

September 12, 2016 10 Comments
The Stages of Sin from St. Bernard of Clairvaux – Fasten Your Seatbelts!

There are times when one reads something from one of the saints and is stunned by the tremendous insight, the piercing analysis, like a surgeon’s scalpel dividing diseased from healthy tissue. Such was my experience recently when reading a passage from St. Bernard of Clairvaux. In this passage, Bernard analyzes the descent into the increasing […]

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The Genius of Sacred Music as Heard in Seven Musical “Onomatopoeias”

September 11, 2016 7 Comments
The Genius of Sacred Music as Heard in Seven Musical “Onomatopoeias”

Do you remember the meaning of the literary term onomatopoeia? In case you’ve forgotten, it’s a word that sounds like the object it describes. Words like oink, meow, wham, sizzle, and my personal favorite: yackety-yak are examples of onomatopoeia. There are times when music, including sacred music, has an onomatopoetic quality; they sound like what […]

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Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

September 10, 2016 5 Comments
Crazy! A Homily for the 24th Sunday of the Year

The three parables in today’s lengthy Gospel challenge conventional thinking. They describe people doing things that we most likely would not do. All three of them— especially the first two—seem crazy. Who would ever do what the shepherd of the lost sheep does or what the woman with the lost coin does? Probably no one. […]

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Lessons Against Fascination with Evil

September 9, 2016 14 Comments

The video below is a trailer for an upcoming movie. I can’t comment on the full context of the movie (since it hasn’t yet been released), but there are several important messages in the trailer.  Allow it to bring forth in you a salutary fear; don’t be fascinated by the cheap parlor tricks of Satan […]

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